Feb 6, 2016

Happy Birthday

Nate playing Happy Birthday! He learned just in time for his own birthday!

Jan 31, 2016

What We Are Reading

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Kaytie: Candy Shop Wars by Brandon Mull
Church Camp Chaos by Annie Tipton

Nate: The Return of the King  by J.R.R.Tolkien

Daniel: Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgleish

Abbie: Care Bears Treasury

Me: Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter

School: Little Pilgrim's Progress
Victory on the Walls by Freida Clark Hyman

Reading Aloud to the Kids: Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

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Jan 23, 2016


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 With my oldest daughter sailing through 7th grade, I turned my thoughts toward high school, and one of the first things I started researching was a literature program. She loves to read, and she uses her free time to write non-stop, so I knew in advance that I wanted something specific.

I wanted something that would feed her delight, yet instruct her in all those things that confused me, (also an avid reader) in college (the analysis terms, the critiques, and those sorts of things), while stretching her reading taste and teaching her the correct way to write essays and research papers.

What I found, after much searching, was that pretty much every literature program out there assigned a certain set of books (some of which I felt were inappropriate, and others that she had already read and some that I felt were below her abilities) and based their instruction off those books. And, they were all expensive. I don't mind expensive so much, but I hate paying a lot of money for something I don't really want and will feel the need to tweak.

Then I discovered The Reader's Odyssey: An Individualized Literature Program for Homeschooling Middle and High School Students. This book is very different. It lets you, the parent/teacher and your child choose the books they want to read. It gives you forms to help them learn to analyse the literature.

We haven't yet used it, but I'm working my way through it and so far, I'm liking what I see. I'll keep you updated on how well it works for us.

Linked up with Junior High Junction

Jan 17, 2016

Photography Class

My kids have pretty much taken over my "big" camera. Nate took a class at our co-op and both big kids took the photography class at SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Nate is happy to share any information he knows so the little kids are also picking up bits and pieces of information and are busy taking pictures all the time. This is one of the things they do during their "free time" every afternoon.

These are some pictures that I recently found on my memory card. These are my favorites. I hope you enjoy them, also.

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Jan 9, 2016

Top Ten Posts of 2015

I've never done a top ten round up before and I was actually a little surprised at what was the most-read of my posts.

The top one, by a long shot, was

The Science Life

this one shouldn't have surprised me, of course, because my kids are science-loving kids. I don't even worry that much about formal science in school because I know they are getting in on their own as they explore their world.

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The Great Grammar Discovery
 The story of how we discovered the one curriculum that I describe as "brilliant".

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Ancient History: Noah and the Ice Age

Our home-made history program

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Not Fair!

A funny story about our favorite Dreaded Jungle Bassett

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Curriculum Plans for 2015

In Freedom's Cause

This is a review for Heirloom Audio

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Ancient History: Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, Nomads, Sumaria, Hammurabi, and Abraham

more history

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Playing in the Snow

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Koru Naturals

another review post

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Memoria Press Penmanship

and another review post

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It was a great year for us and we are looking forward to 2016! I hope that you are as well!

Dec 29, 2015

Geography in the Backyard

We thought having a glacier in the backyard was pretty cool...

until it did this...

Nate and Abbie had to go out and rescue the table!


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